Roxanne Mankin Cason
Roxanne Mankin Cason has devoted herself to the empowerment of women and girls worldwide over the last 25 years.
Cason has been an active member of Save the Children Federation since 2003, joining the board of trustees in 2005, and chairing the Global Education Advisory Board since 2009. Her work has focused on spearheading girls’ education projects, including SUPER (Save University Partnership for Education Research), a collaboration between Save the Children’s Global Education Group and major universities to advance research. In 2009, she launched funding for girls’ education projects in Upper Egypt by leading a collaboration with Save the Children, Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Global Health, and the Suzanne Mubarak Women’s International Peace Movement to develop literacy curricula for early childhood education in Egypt. Earlier she cosponsored the Save the Children collaboration with Queen Rania of Jordan for the advancement of girls and youth employment in the Middle East.
Currently, Cason chairs the Heart (Healing and Education through Art) endowment campaign at Save the Children, and she is partnering with Judith Bruce of Population Council and Save the Children to hold seminars on investing in girls to advance best practices in programming for impact and quality as part of the Clinton Global Initiative. She also serves on the advisory board of Grameen America.
From 2003 to 2009 Cason chaired the Women’s Leadership Board of the Harvard Kennedy School, where they acknowledged her leadership by naming a conference room for her in 2009. Also in 2009, Women’s eNews honored Cason with their 21 Leaders for the 21st Century award.